Subterranean termites are categorized as a subsection of the insect classification of termites. They are known for building underground colonies that can have upwards of 2 million members. They create a set of mud tubes that can allow them to gain access to their primary food source and also make sure that they are not getting exposed to the air. There are several jobs that are performed within the colony, much like ants and other insects that live and work underground. They are small and only get to be around 3/8 of an inch in size. They have a cream colored exterior and each class has different colorations.
These types of insects build large underground dwellings, and work towards building tunnels in between cracks, and other areas. They thrive on any material that contains cellulose. They tend to fly in springtime and like other insects will build a new colony after the maturity date of the existing presence is created. They cannot survive without soil, as they need it for protection and for their process to work. Without soil they will die.
Amongst all the species of termites, Subterranean termites can be sometimes called the most destructive. They can slowly work towards completely destroying a building from the inside out, as they saw through the small fragments at a time. They take to the wood fibers and continue to work around the clock, pushing through the fibrous areas until a building breaks down, collapses and causes further issue. Saw toothed and hungry, if infestation occurs, there could be thousands of workers trying to break down the structure of a home and can really cause a lot of property damage. The financial costs of repair are in the hundreds of thousands if they get through several areas of the home, which is not uncommon.
When you see any swarmers starting to fly around, it’s important to call someone, or else it could end up being too late.
As stated above, it’s very important to call in a professional to help with getting rid of Subterranean termites. Because they live underground, and they are small, you might end up missing out on a large opportunity to get rid of these pests. Because they are so destructive, homeowners should get inspections throughout the year to ensure that there isn’t a great deal of damage already done to the property.
Once a professional is called they can assess the damaged areas, as well as look into where they often keep their homes and whether or not there are other colonies close by. Make sure that you don’t wait for damage to start to show up, as that will be a sign that there is a major infestation and getting rid of these creatures could pose difficulties. There is no real method to do this on a “DIY” scale, so make sure that you’re calling an exterminator immediately, lest you have to deal with the damage that will be inevitable over time.
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